Christmas Eve

at Methodist Church

TWIN FALLS — The annual Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 360 Shoshone St. N., Twin Falls. The celebration of candles, carols and special music is based on the theme “It’s Time to Unwrap the True Meaning of Christmas.” The Rev. Michael Holloman will lead the service.

Regular worship will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, led by Pastor Holloman.

Everyone is welcome at these services. More information: call 208-733-5872 or go to www.tffumc.com.

Unitarian Universalists host candlelight service

TWIN FALLS — The Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Ave. W. near the old hospital, Twin Falls. Refreshments will be provided; a collection will be taken for Heifer International. There will be no service Sunday morning.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths individuals travel. Congregations are places where people celebrate, support and challenge one another as they continue on their spiritual journeys. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another. Newcomers of all religious paths, or none at all, are always welcome. Child care is available. The center is handicapped-accessible. Parking is in the rear of the building.

More information: call Ken Whiting at 208-734-9161 or email mvuuf83301@yahoo.com.

Christmas worship

at Ascension

TWIN FALLS — Ascension Episcopal Church welcomes the community for the celebration of Christ’s birth at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 371 Eastland Dr. N., Twin Falls. There will be singing of Christmas carols and the service of Holy Communion with guest celebrant Canon Lucinda Ashby — transition minister for the Diocese of Idaho. No child care will be available for this service; children are welcome at worship.

Djembe Drumming will not meet until the second Monday in January.

Knit-Us-Together — the handwork group — will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays to work on prayer shawls, infant hats, adult hats and scarves for donations, as well as individual projects. All are welcome, including those who are interested in learning to knit or crochet.

Find worship, study and fellowship at Ascension. The church is handicapped-accessible. More information: call 208-733-1248 or go to www.episcopaltwinfalls.org.

Buddhists present doctrine talk in Boise

BOISE — The Buddhist Society of Idaho welcomes everyone in the Magic and Treasure Valleys to hear Arjahn Chaiya, chief monk from the Chaiya Meditation Monastery in Las Vegas. He will present a dharma talk — a doctrine or teaching of the Buddha — at 2 p.m. Saturday at 4948 Kootenai St., Building B, Boise.

Arjahn Chaiya is coming to meet and greet Buddhists; friends of Buddhists; people who have an interest in Buddhism, but do not know who to contact; and people who have questions about Buddhism, but are afraid to ask.

The event will celebrate the beginning of the Buddhist Society of Idaho which was approved in August as a 501(c )(3) religious organization by both the state of Idaho and the federal government. Buddhists living in the Magic and Treasure Valleys met last summer in Boise to form the society. It is to be a place Buddhists can meditate, chant and meet each other as well as other interested people.

People of all religious paths, or none at all, are welcome to attend this event with Arjahn Chaiya. As with all Buddhist monasteries and temples — Theravada tradition — there never is a charge; freewill donations are accepted, but never required. More information: call Ken Whiting at 208-734-9161 or go to buddhistsocietyidaho@yahoo.com.

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